And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word (Luke 10:39, KJV)
When Martha and Mary received Jesus into their home, Martha did what every one of us would have probably done with “Jesus in the house.” She was running everywhere to put things together and prepare a worthy supper for the Master. However, her sister Mary sat down at Jesus’ feet and listened to His words. Insensitive to strangers, right? That is what we would think of Mary. However, not Jesus.
This story has always perplexed me. Jesus’ response was somewhat unexpected. At least common sense and courtesy would teach us that we should be hospitable to our guests. It reminds us of what the prophet Isaiah already recorded from the mouth of God that God’s ways are not our ways, and our thoughts are not His thoughts. Jesus placed more value in receiving His words that preparing some good dinner for Him after a long day. If you know Smith Wigglesworth, called the Apostle of faith, you will remember that he had a similar attitude.
A man invited Smith one day to his house for a night of prayer. When Smith got there, he brought some hot coffee for them to sip and have a chat. Smith told him he did not come to his house to have coffee. They immediately engaged in prayer, and by the time morning arrived, the man was a new human being!
May the Spirit help us indeed to adjust our priorities in our lives, homes, and churches and align our values with His values.
Just to think about—what made Mary opt to rather sit at Jesus’s feet to listen to Him? ( Hint: the Bible does not tell us!)
APPLY THE WORD
The Father wants you to sit at His feet and listen to His words. Nothing will impact your life, spiritual or natural as the Word of God in your heart. He knows that, but it is a big challenge for us to see what He sees. Make up your mind to sit at the Master’s feet and receive His Word continually.
Pray for the wisdom to handle our crazy schedules these days and make His Word a priority in our lives.